Podcast: ‘Dugout Blues’ episode 218 – World Series recap, off-season moves

On this episode of Dugout Blues, you get a heaping dose of me and none of Jared. Don’t worry, Jared will return; Game 7 of the World Series didn’t break him.

Speaking of, I unfortunately have to recap the final game of the season as this is the first recording since that fateful day.

I talk about the game and the series as a whole. As much of a gut punch as Game 2, Game 5 and Game 7 were, there was one swing that almost broke me as a fan. It was Corey Seager‘s home run off Justin Verlander in Game 2 that gave the Dodgers a 3-1 lead. I lost it. I have never experienced nirvana like that watching a baseball game. The Dodgers were looking at a 2-0 lead and an 85-86 percent chance of winning the series. Instead, the series was tied at 1 and, well, we know what happened. You can blame anyone you like — Kenley Jansen, Yu Darvish, Justin Turner — but it took the entire team to lose. It will change, eventually, but it wasn’t meant to be this year.

After lamenting, I look forward to the off-season. The Dodgers don’t have a ton of holes, but there’s always room for improvement. I wouldn’t expect them to make many big splashes, but if Shohei Ohtani somehow agrees to sign with LA, that might change things. They could also look to move a couple of players — Yasmani Grandal, Pedro Baez — in hopes of clearing some money and roster spots. I’d like to see them retain Brandon Morrow and bring in Mike Minor. At least, that’s what I’d do if I were in charge.

There’s a quick Arizona Fall League update. Yusniel Diaz and Will Smith are performing well. Matt Beaty is so-so, while DJ Peters is struggling. The pitchers aren’t doing a whole lot, but Shea Spitzbarth has 16 strikeouts in 10 innings, which is somewhat encouraging.

To close, a Q&A session that focuses mostly on the coming off-season.

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About Dustin Nosler

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Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosted a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He was a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times and True Blue LA. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.